These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Looking after your Partridge Berry
Gaultheria procumbens have many common names including Partridge Berry, wintergreen, Boxberry, Checkerberry, Squawberry and teaberry.
PLEASE NOTE these berries are not edible and will cause discomfort if consumed.
They are hardy low growing shrubs with leathery evergreen leaves and pretty red berries in winter. Long term they are best planted out in the garden where they can grow as large as a metre across but they can also be kept and enjoyed in a pot on a patio or doorstep.
Whilst in a pot, keep your plant well watered, the compost should feel wet to touch. Don’t let it dry out, or run out of water.
They are not too fussy about soil type but do best in a damp part-shaded position and because they are always quite low growing they work well underneath tall planters and trees. They are very hardy plants and are not worried even about reasonably hard frosts.
The bright red berries should last the whole festive season and well into the new year but when they start to shrivel up might choose to trim them off to make way for a fresh crop of flowers in the new year. In the spring, your plant can be re potted in a larger pot with suitable compost and planted out into a flowerbed or even a rockery.
Over time your plant can grow into quite substantial bushes and they can be clipped into a hedge or neat topiary shapes or allowed to form a more naturally looking bush.